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If you were blessed by this message, please email the broadcaster add a comment Add Comment. Praise God! No matter what denomination you are a part of, if you are a part of some denomination that is kind of organized, I can assure you that your denomination spends multi millions of dollars on Sunday school material, multi millions of dollars on conferences, on teaching teachers how to teach Sunday school, on doing everything in the book to promote Sunday school Let me ask you: How much money does your denomination spend and how many conference and man hours are put in to teach fathers to teach their children?
Everything for Sunday school, everything for Sunday school. But there is hardly a conference in this entire country to teach men how to teach their children. And most of the time in the Sunday school it is nothing more than entertainment Proverbs Who ever told you that? Generation gap. If you played this sermon outside all of the car alarms in the area would go off. This is some serious, passionate preaching. A major subject is that we must go to the Bible for everything, not to the social sciences, the philosophers, or most of the books that fill up Christian bookstores these days.
I appreciate this sermon so much. When I was a new Christian I went to a charismatic church where they use the ideas of Psychology to interpret and teach the Bible! And when I questioned this, they said, 'We are a church that moves in the Spirit and we do things that many people are not going to like.
I fear that most goats who preach will not. I have been one of those starving Christian' in a seeker sensitive church and was made to feel guilty for feeling that way! Your preaching has awaken the holy spirit within me! I pray that god continues to use you in the mighty way he has been doing! We need more preachers that are not interested in looking cool!
But telling truth inspired by the holy spirit! I want to know if you have a gospel tract with those four questions and scripture references available? The doctrinal substance that can be learnt from just listening to this one sermon twice is astonishing. Truly a historic sermon. You want to be at a biblical church? Check if the church follows what is talked about from Scripture. Praise God for this message! This isn't the itching ears teaching that fills churches in America. This is the Truth in Love.
God continue to Bless you Paul Washer. Incredible message. Loved the part about the nature of the church. A must for both Christians and non-Christians alike. So true, Brothers and Sisters all over the country are soaking up what Pastor Washer is preaching among many other reformed Church members. Pastor Washer is so humble, but truly I owe a lot to his teachings.
But then the sky grew darker and darker and darker and as that night turned black as pitch the stars came out in the fulness of their glory. When you refuse to teach on the radical depravity of men it is an impossibility that you bring glory to God, his Christ and his cross because the cross of Jesus Christ and the glory thereof is most magnified when it is placed in front of the backdrop of our depravity. She loved much because she has been forgiven much and she knew how much she had been forgiven because she knew how wicked she was.
Oh, we are afraid to tell men of their wickedness and they can never love God because of it. I want to submit to you tonight that this country is not gospel hardened. It is gospel ignorant because most of its preachers are. And let me repeat this. The malady in this country is not liberal politicians, the root of socialism, Hollywood or anything else. It is the so called evangelical pastor of our day and preacher of our day and evangelist of our day.
That is where the malady is to be found. We do not know the gospel. We have taken the glorious gospel of our blessed God and reduced it down to four spiritual laws and five things God wants you to know with a little superstitious prayer at the end and if someone repeats it after us with enough sincerity we popishly declare them to be born again. The gospel begins with nature of God and it goes from there to the nature of man and the fallenness thereof.
And what is that dilemma? If God is just he cannot forgive you. The greatest problem in all of Scripture is this. That is the greatest problem. You see, you have got to fit this before people. The great problem is that God is truly just and all men are truly wicked, God to be just must condemn wicked man. But then God, for his own glory, put a great love with which he loved us, sent forth his Son who walked on this earth as a perfect man.
And then according to the plan, the eternal plan of God, he went to that three. And on that tree he bore our sin and he became, standing in the law place of his people, bearing our guilt, he became a curse. So many people have this romantic, powerless view of the gospel that the Christ is there hanging on the tree suffering under the wounds of the Roman Empire and the Father did not have the moral fortitude to bear the suffering of his Son so he turned away.
Oh, it is the Roman cross. It is the whip. It is the nails. It is all this and all that. I pulled it off and began to read it and this is what it said. Now that physical suffering, that nailing to the tree, that was all part of the wrath of God. It had to be a blood sacrifice.
I will take nothing away from that. And let me ask you. When the gospel is preached today and when it is shared in personal evangelism today do you ever hear the things I have just said? Almost never. It is never made clear that Christ was able to redeem because he was crushed under the justice of God and having satisfied divine justice with his death God is now just and the justifier of the wicked. Gospel reductionism. We wonder why it has no power. We wonder why What happened? When you leave the gospel behind and there is no longer any power in your supposed gospel message, then you have got to go to all the little tricks of the trade that are so prominently used today to convert men and we all know most of them, all of them do not work.
My dear friend, let me say this. Several years ago graduating from seminary I had to make a decision whether I was going to go for my Ph.
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God, in order to save my spiritual life sent me to the middle of the jungles in Peru as far away from the academic world as I could get. And there I began to realize something. It is a great and mighty doctrine.
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Let me tell you this. This is what It makes me so angry when men treat the glorious gospel of Christ as though it was the first step into Christianity that only takes about 10 minutes to counseling and after that you go on to greater stuff. That shows you how pathetic we are in our knowledge of the things of God. My friend, on the day of the Second Coming you will understand absolutely everything about the Second Coming, but you will be in eternity of eternities of heaven and you will not even begin to comprehend the glory of God in Calvary.
It is what everything is about. Young man, young preacher, listen to me. Go after Him on that tree, what it means. You will need nothing to build strange fires in your oven, if you only catch a glimpse of what he did on that tree, what he did on that tree. I love to say this. I have said it a million times.
Abraham takes Isaac up that mountain, his son, his only son whom he loved. Do you suppose the Holy Spirit was trying to tell us about something future? But his hand was stayed and it was told the old man that God had provided a ram. It is the intermission. Thousands of years later God the Father laid his hand upon the brow of his Son, his only Son whom he loved and took the flint knife out of the hand of Abraham and slaughtered his only begotten Son under the full force of wrath.
Now do you know why that little gospel you preach has no power? Because it is no gospel. Get to the gospel. Spend your life on your knees. Get away from men. Study the cross. The fourth indictment: An ignorance of the doctrine of regeneration, an ignorance of the doctrine of regeneration. My dear friends, and I am going to say this bluntly, I know that there are Calvinists here and I know that there are Arminians here and I know that there are all sorts of strange animals in between, but I want you to know this.
Although I am leaning more toward—I guess I call myself a five point Spurgeonist—I want you to know this. Calvinism is not the issue. No, I am going to get in a lot of trouble when this goes on the internet. And that is why I can have fellowship with Wesley and Ravenhill and Tozer and all the rest because regardless of where they stood on the other issues they believed that salvation could not be manipulated by the preacher, that it was a magnificent work of the power of almighty God. And with them, therefore, I stand, that I was a work of God.
There is a greater manifestation of the power of God in the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit than in the creation of the world, of the universe, because he created the world ex nihilo out of nothing. But he recreates a man out of a corrupt man. It is paralleled with the very resurrection of our Savior from the dead. If you are a preacher I understand that in preaching there is teachers and preachers and expositors and this and that and all of them are very necessary for the health of the Church.
But you must understand this. As old G. It is the Spirit that gives life and in that sense every one of us that proclaims must proclaim as a prophet. What do I mean by that? We are always, we are always Ezekiel standing in that valley of dry bones and they are very dry. And we walk out there and what do we do? We prophesy. And when you have fully grasped that in the innermost part of your being, you will no longer give yourself to the manipulation that is so often carried out in the name of evangelism in this country. You will proclaim the Word of God.
You will proclaim it. The doctrine of regeneration. Look at the Wesleys. Look what they had to face for a moment and my dear Whitefield. What was he? Everybody believed they were Christian, thoroughly Christian. Well, they were baptized as infants, brought into the covenant. They were confirmed. They lived like devils. Regeneration was traded for a type of credalism that was given authority by the religious leaders of the day.
And then here comes the Wesleys. It is not right with your soul. You are not born again. There is no evidence of spiritual life. Examine yourself. Test yourself to see if you are in the faith. Make your calling and election sure. Here in America because of the last several years, several decades of evangelism the idea of born again is totally lost. It only means that at one time in a crusade you made a decision and you think you were sincere. But there is no evidence of a supernatural recreated work of the Holy Spirit in your life.
If any man, not if some men, if any man be in Christ he is a new creature. And now it is the same today. What do we face? I will tell you what we face. It is not a sort of infant baptism necessarily most of the time. It is not a high church confirmation by an ecclesiastical authority. And I am here to tell you, if there is anything I have declared war on it is that. Go with me to Scripture and show me, please.
I would love you to stand up and tell me where anyone evangelized that way. I see that hand. That is not what it says. Now men today are trusting in the fact that at least one time in their life they prayed a prayer and someone told them they were saved because they were sincere enough. And they live like devils. But they prayed a prayer. And some of them I heard of one evangelist who was coaxing a man to do that thing. I will pray to God for you and if it is what you want to say to God, squeeze my hands.
Behold the power of God. Decisionism, the idolatry of decisionism. Men think they are going to heaven because they have judged the sincerity of their own decision. Because I want you to know, my friends, salvation is by faith alone. It is a work of God. It is a grace upon grace upon grace.
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But the evidence of conversion is not just your examination of your sincerity at the moment of your conversion. It is the on going fruit in your life. It is the ongoing fruit in your life. Oh, my dear friends, look what we have done. We kill how many thousands of babies a day? We are hated around the world for our immorality. Yet we are Christian. We have touched on it a bit.
I want to go further. Look how we do it today.
I mean, now listen to me. The more I have seen this everywhere. The Calvinist, the Arminian, a lot of them share something in common. It is this, the same superficial invitation. They talk a lot of talk about a lot of things and then they come to the invitation and it is almost as though everyone loses their mind. God loves me? Oh, this is wonderful. I got a wonderful plan for my life, too.
This is absolutely wonderful. The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished. Evangelism begins with the nature of God.
Who is God? Can a man recognize anything about his sin if he hath not a standard with which to compare himself? If we tell him nothing but trivial things about God that tickle the carnal mind, will he ever be brought to genuine repentance and faith? And we tell him from the start it may cost him his life. A mighty good one at that Or a mighty bad one depending on how you look at it. But, yes. I know I am a sinner. The question is not do you know you are a sinner. The question is: Is the Holy Spirit so at work in your heart through the preaching of the gospel that a change has been wrought so that the sin you once loved you now hate and the sin you once desired to embrace, you are wanting to run from it as though you were running from a dragon?
And they get baptized. And they may walk a little bit because they have been They are being raised in a Christian culture, sort of, a church culture anyway. And then when they turn 15, 16, when they have the strength of will they begin to break the bonds. You are just not living like it. You professed him even in baptism, but now it seems as though you have turned away from him.
Test yourself. There is little evidence of any true conversion in you. I never knew you. Have I not right to be? Somebody must be. Oh, that revival would come and straighten our foundations. But would we, while we have open eyes and open ears and have Scripture in front of us, should we not correct these things? My dear friend, everybody wants to go to heaven. The question is not do you want to go to heaven. The question is this. Do you want God? Have you stopped being a hater of God?
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Has Christ become precious to you? Do you desire him? That is what political theory is all about, my dear friend. Everybody wants to go to heaven. But men are haters of God. So the question is not do you want to go to a special. The question is: Do you want him? There are people who get saved using that methodology, but it is not because of it.
It is in spite of it. Do you see your sin? Spirit bearing witness that this is happening in your life. Do you see brokenness? Do you see the disintegration of everything you fought and now your mind is filled with new thoughts about God and new desires and new hope? Now, throw yourself upon Christ.
Trust in him. You have the authority to tell me the gospel. You have authority. But you have no authority to tell men they are saved. That is the work of the Holy Spirit of God. The man is lost. An unbiblical invitation. If they ever doubt, if they ever doubt their salvation again, here we go again. Was there ever a point in time in your life when you prayed and asked Jesus to come in? And if they live without growth even in the context of a church without growth in continued carnality, no fear. We blame it on the lack of personal discipleship and we write it off as the doctrine of the carnal Christian.
Do Christians struggle with sin? Can a Christian fall into sin? Can a Christian live in a continuous state of carnality all the days of his life not bearing fruit and truly be Christian? Absolutely not or every promise in the Old Testament regarding the New Testament covenant has failed and everything God said about discipline in Hebrews is a lie. When we work with men in conversion I have seen preachers who understood much about the things of God, but when the come down ever after an exemplary gospel presentation they will enter, once again, into this methodology.
Let me give you a story and then we will go on to the next indictment, but a story that is one of the most precious moments in my life as a Christian. I was preaching in Canada just Actually they told me it was like 30 kilometers from Alaska. There were more grizzly bears in the town than there were people, really. It was a little church of about 15, 20 people and I was preaching.
And right when I got up in the pulpit this mountain of a man walked in in his 60s, early 70s, but just a mountain of a man. He could have whipped every one of us in this building. And as I preached, as I saw his face, I just threw everything away and started preaching the gospel. He was the saddest human being I have ever seen. Just gospel, gospel and when I got done I walked right from the pulpit to him. What is troubling your soul?
I have never seen a man so sad and down hearted in all my life? I am going to die in three weeks. You can only get there by float plane or riding horses across the mountains and all this stuff. I have never read a Bible. I believe there is a God and one time I heard somebody talking about some guy named Jesus.
Is that just Is that all it is that I understand it and I pray or? I have to leave tomorrow. I will cancel my plane ticket and we will stay here over the Scriptures wrestling and crying out to God until you are either converted or you die and go to hell. And so we began. I began in the Old Testament, the New Testament, every verse of Scripture dealing with the promises of God regarding redemption and salvation, over and over, time after time, reading John , praying for a while, crying out to God, questioning the man regarding repentance, regarding faith, regarding assurance, working till Christ be formed in him.
And then, finally, just exhausted that evening there was no breakthrough, there was nothing. And I will never forget. Brother Paul, all my sins are gone. I have eternal I mean What was going on? A working of the Spirit of God instead of those little tricks you try. What you want to go eat. What you think preaching is a spectacle and after that you go back to the hotel? No, after the preaching is when the work begins. Dealing with souls. Five minutes, they are given the Welcome him into the family of God.
If you are going to present him, say this. And because of our fear of God and our love for the souls of men we will now be working with him to make sure that Christ has truly been formed in him, that he truly has a biblical understanding of repentance and faith and great assurance and joy in the Holy Spirit. That is what we are going to do. Look what we have done. I plead with you. Look what we are doing. And this is not some cult. This is us. Stop it. God has only one religious institution. It is the Church. And our ultimate goal and the ultimate product of revival will be the planting of biblical churches.
I have the greatest fear that the local church today is despised. Tell somebody you are an itinerant preacher, that you have a world wide ministry and they all bow down. Tell someone you are a pastor of a group of 30 and they make you sit in the back during the conference. Several years ago Bill Clinton had a slogan during the election. Jesus gave his life for the Church, a beautiful virgin, pristine Church. If you want to give your life for something in the ministry, give it to the Church, to a church, a body of believers, a local congregation.
Now let me say this about the Church. I want you to listen well. There is not a remnant of believers in the Church. We all know about the remnant theology, you know, that throughout all the course of Israel there was Israel the people of God and a remnant of true believers. That is not true about the Church. There is not a remnant of believers or a small group of believers inside a larger group called the Church.
The Church is the remnant. And I want to say this. If pastors have ever come to close to blaspheming it is with regard to this. I hear theologians, itinerant teachers, pastors, this and that saying these sorts of things. There is just as much divorce in the Church as out of the Church. There is just as much immorality and pornography in the Church as out of the Church. I will tell you what the problem is. I want you to know that the Church of Jesus Christ in America is beautiful. She is frail at times. She is weak. She is buffeted.
She is not perfect, but I want you to know she is broken. She is humbly walking with her God. Today because of the lack of biblical preaching the so called Church is filled up with carnal, wicked people identified with Christianity. And then because of all the goats in the midst of the lambs, the lambs are blamed for all the things the goats are doing and then the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of us.
Have you ever read I know we are running out of time, but just go quickly with me, just go quickly. It's pointless to resist it. If you try, you will end up with a little congregation of truth-seekers But at the end of the day, you won't make an iota of difference in the world I would rather have you face the reality of this world So, if people are more interested in being happy, then play to that. Jesus did. Not the Jesus I know!
Did you catch that? He's saying, just tone-down the Bible stuff and be relevant. Find out where their itch is, and scratch it.